If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.
–Albert Einstein

Add it to the list: Rice agriculture

ricefarmingAnother item you can add to the ever-growing blame-it-on-global-warming list: Growing rice. From UC Davis:

More carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, coupled with rising temperatures, is making rice agriculture a larger source of the potent greenhouse gas methane, according to a study published today in Nature Climate Change by a research team that includes a University of California, Davis, plant scientist.

But the authors note that relatively simple changes in rice cultivation could help reduce methane emissions. 

Will Time Magazine follow Newsweek and go belly up?

The real "brain trust"With articles like this, it's a sure bet it will. Newsweek magazine led the pack with global-warming alarmism. Time comes in a close second. They don't seem to get that people…don't…care… And repeating the same half-truths gets wearisome to its readers. From Nobody Mentions Climate Change. But Somebody Did Something About It.:

I constantly whine about the Beltway media, and I believe global warming is the most important issue facing humanity. So I was infuriated but not surprised to hear Candy Crowley explain after the last debate that she considered a question for “you climate change people,” but ditched it because “we knew the economy was still the main thing.” Actually, the technical term for people affected by climate change is “people.”

The REALLY inconvenient truths about global warming. Last week we explosively revealed a 16-year 'pause' in rising temperatures - triggering a bitter debate. You decide what the real facts are..

articleclipLast week The Mail on Sunday provoked an international storm by publishing a new official world temperature graph showing there has been no global warming since 1997.

The figures came from a database called Hadcrut 4 and were issued by the Met Office and the Climatic Research Unit (CRU) at East Anglia University.

We received hundreds of responses from readers, who were overwhelmingly critical of those climate change experts who believe that global warming is inevitable.

Ron Bailey on Science Fraud

natureThe second half of my recent conversation with Reason magazine science and technology writer Ron Bailey concerns the epidemic of fraud and false results in scientific studies.  Scientific fraud, Nature magazine reported recently, has increased tenfold over the last decade.  There’s even a Retraction Watch blog that tracks the problem.  The problem, as Ron explains in this three-minute video with me, is even worse than just chasing after grant money.

Want $2 Gas? Choose A New President, Not A New Recession

gaspricesIf we read President Obama right, he's telling us to get used to $4 gas unless we want a replay of the Great Recession. As his running mate might put it, that's pure malarkey.

It took a lot of back and forth and a follow-up by moderator Candy Crowley, but the president finally did respond in Tuesday's debate to the question of whether his administration gives a hoot about the price of gasoline.

Basically, the answer was no.

Freedom of speech is deader in Australia

Deutsch: Alan Jones

Alan Jones (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A few months ago I wrote that freedom of speech is dead in Australia. This was prompted by two incidents – the trial of blogger and broadcaster Andrew Bolt, who had had the temerity to suggest that white-looking Australians with only a tiny proportion of aboriginal blood in them might possibly be taking the piss by using their supposed "traditional owner" ethnic status to screw money, influence and sympathy out of Australia's guilt-ridden welfare system. The other was the report on media regulation by Australia's answer to Leveson – activist lawyer Raymond Finkelstein – which demanded stringent new codes of practice to ensure that in future all Aussie media outlets looked, sounded and read like the ABC and/or Fairfax group.

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Temperatures were higher 2000 years ago

temperatureskTEMPERATURES were warmer in the northern hemisphere 1000 and 2000 years ago, well before the industrial revolution when the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was 40 per cent lower than it is today.

The authors of a report, published in Global and Planetary Change, said findings that the northern hemisphere was warmer during both the Roman period, 2000 years ago, and medieval warming, 1000 years ago, highlighted uncertainties in making climate predictions.

Obama Unites Global Warming Alarmists, Skeptics In Presidential Debates

mittobamaTuesday night’s presidential debate surprisingly united global warming alarmists with global warming skeptics. Who would have thought silence on the topic could be so unifying?

As Mitt Romney and Barack Obama laced up their rhetorical boxing gloves to square off on everything from taxes to Benghazi to energy policy, prominent global warming alarmist Brad Johnson tweeted, “When Obama talks about energy without mentioning climate, he ignores the fundamental basis of his energy policy.” Brad Johnson and I don’t agree on many things, but we certainly agree that Johnson’s tweet hit the issue squarely on the head.

Because Mars and Earth are so much alike

Mars, 2001, with the southern polar ice cap vi...

Mars (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

[h/t to Kevin] Astronomers are saying that Earth's climate modellers have accurately predicted Mars' climate, therefore the models must be accurate for Earth. Anyone else see what's wrong with this picture? Chime in your thoughts after the jump. From MSNBC via Reuters, natch:

Astronomers say computer models have accurately forecast conditions on Mars and are valid predictors of climate change on Earth.

These computer programs predicted Martian glaciers and other features on Earth's planetary neighbor, a U.S.-French team of scientists found.

Gas Prices Doubled, Obama Locks Up National Reserve

solarpanelarrayAs the administration fast-tracks solar projects on public lands, it has locked up more than half of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska, preferring to continue outsourcing energy jobs and dollars.

The price of gasoline, which was $1.84 a gallon the day President Obama took office, has more than doubled since, willfully aided and abetted by an administration that claims we can't drill our way to energy independence as we ignore vast reserves of North American energy that dwarf OPEC's and we sit on 100 years' supply of petroleum.

Few Americans have heard of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPRA), and those who have might get it confused with the Strategic Petroleum Reserve or even the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to the east. The NPRA, 23 million acres of North Slope wilderness, was established in 1923 by President Harding to ensure a reserve of oil for the U.S. Navy.